Maryland men’s basketball added another target to its latest litany of misses Thursday, as four-star point guard Tyger Campbell announced his commitment to UCLA’s 2018 class.
Campbell first committed to DePaul in May 2017 as the No. 25 ranked member of the class of 2019, but decommitted in September after reclassifying. He’s currently ranked the No. 72 player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 13 point guard.
After decommitting, Campbell took his first official visit to Purdue on Oct. 21, before visiting DePaul in November. Maryland picked up some steam in the race for his services and got him in College Park on Jan. 7 for the Terps’ win over Iowa. He initially intended to announce his decision on Feb. 1—DePaul was the heavy favorite leading up to then—but waited until Tuesday to make the call.
The 6’0 guard is UCLA’s fifth member of the Class of 2018, which now ranks No. 4 overall and includes three former Maryland targets—centers Kenneth Nwuba and Moses Brown are each headed to the west coast as well. Campbell is the Bruins’ fourth top-75 prospect, but Steve Alford’s first point guard this cycle.
Anthony Cowan’s been forced to play the most minutes in the Big Ten this season, due to injuries and lack of another true point guard on the roster. With Campbell now off the board, Mark Turgeon will be forced to look elsewhere for another guard.